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Oilers Make a Number of Roster Moves Ahead of Game vs. Kraken

The Edmonton Oilers will be playing with a depleted lineup and have made some recalls from Bakersfield ahead of Saturday’s Kraken game.

The week has been crazy for NHL teams trying to manage a growing number of players being pulled from their respective rosters for COVID protocol reasons. The Edmonton Oilers have had their fair share of player changes based on positive tests results. As a result, the team has made a number of changes to their roster ahead of Saturday’s game versus the Seattle Kraken.

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Among the changes, Cooper Marody and Seth Griffith have been recalled from the Bakersfield Condors. Defenseman Markus Niemelainen has been placed on IR, while defenseman Kris Russell has been moved to LTIR. Duncan Keith joins Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Devin Shore, and Ryan McLeod in COVID protocol, but the Oilers have activated defenseman Slater Koekkoek off of the injured reserve.

Koekkoek’s activation will give the Oilers six defencemen for tonight’s game in Seattle. That’s a lot more than most teams can say they have right now. That doesn’t mean the Oilers won’t be a little short-handed.

Without Nugent-Hopkins, the team is down a key contributor on their power play and the second line will need some adjustments. Zach Hyman is still considered day-to-day and if he can’t go, the team will be piecing together what they can to make the lines work.

Brendan Perlini could get a bit more ice time and a player like Kyle Turris will be expected to pull a bit more weight than normal. It’s not clear yet if the Oilers will try to load up the top line with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl playing together. Warren Foegele might get an elevated look on the top line should the Oilers want to try and keep some balance in their top six.

The Kraken have a few key injuries as well, with Yanni Gourde (COVID-19 Protocol) on IR. Still, some of their big guns are in the lineup.

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